Hawker Hardy


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Hawker Hardy

The Hardy was a two-seat general-purpose biplane developed from the Hart. Production aircraft were built by Gloster Aircraft. The first 37 were powered by 391kW Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB engines, the remaining ten by more powerful Kestrel Xs. These served with the RAF, latterly as a communications type, until 1941.

Hawker Hardy

 ENGINE1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB, 395kW
  Take-off weight2270 kg5005 lb
  Empty weight1450 kg3197 lb
  Wingspan11.35 m37 ft 3 in
  Length9.02 m30 ft 7 in
  Height3.23 m11 ft 7 in
  Wing area32.33 m2348.00 sq ft
  Max. speed259 km/h161 mph
  Ceiling5180 m17000 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns

Hawker HardyA three-view drawing (1284 x 1052)

philippe.cantinaux@skynet.be, e-mail, 17.12.2008 02:04

The 'K4316' on one of you pictures had a very strange ultimate fate. It was offered by 41 SAAF Sqn ( ?) to the aviation of the 'Public Force' (the colonial army /police) of Belgian Congo where it served from 5 /14 /41 to 5 /26 /41 keeping its RAF serial. It was lost at the landing at Gambala. Both crews were unhurt but the plane wasn't repaired.

Only 2 (bad) pictures or this plane are known. It was the only real combat plane that served with this force before the independance in 1960.

Philippe Cantinaux


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